Helpful Links Gallery
This is a compilation of resources I have found to be valuable to me on a consistent basis in my educational world. The educational links are ones I draw inspiration from for lessons or use in my classroom. The professional links are ones that I use to extend and maintain my professional expertise as a 21st Century educator.
Common Core State Standards
This link is one of the most commonly referenced when I am planning, rebuilding, or creating new units and lessons. These are the current standards the State of Michigan uses for K-12 education.
EasyBib is a great way to engage students in properly creating citations for research projects and other referenced media. This site allows them to easily create accurate citations for books, news articles, websites, digital images, etc.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media has been a wonderful resource for Digital Citizenship for educators, parents, and students. Content is categorized by age, grade, subject and many hot topic issues are updated and addressed.
This free platform from Common Sense Media offers an easy way to explore new educational apps, websites, and games that have been reviewed by fellow educators. Integrated lesson plans and units that are aligned to the CCSS and NGSS are available for free.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards are the most widely adopted technology standards for both educators and students. When creating, planning, and rebuilding curriculum, I refer to these. These have been recently updated.
I am very passionate about digital literacy and current events, even though I teach technology. NewsELA gives me and my students access to current event articles about numerous topics. I can customize the Lexile level. These are shared in our online classroom for group discussions via forums.
For my technology classes, we use Schoology for our online classroom. Although my district pays for the service, allowing me to use premium features such as PowerSchool syncing, assessments, etc, the free version is a great way to get started with an online presence for any classroom. It was very easy to learn to use for both me and my students.
I love WeVideo, and so do my students. This is a free online video creation platform. I first used WeVideo with my fifth grade student and together we learned the ins and outs of how to use it. My middle school now uses it for weekly school news broadcasts and for multimedia projects.
This was one of the first professional websites I subscribed to because I loved the innovated content and ideas I found at Edutopia. Edutopia offers resources and ideas that are perfect for the 21st Century classroom and educator.
Google for Education Training Center
One of my goals after I complete my Masters degree is to become a Google Certified Educator. The Google for Education Training Center is the gateway for my goal. Google offers self-paced training for several different levels and minimal cost for the testing. This is a great way to become more familiar with the Google ecosystem and support other staff members in my building.
Learning on the Lakeshore Conference
Learning on the Lakeshore is a local annual conference started by local teachers in the Muskegon Area ISD. Beginning as a grassroots effort to collaborate and support each other in integrating technology, teachers and local technology leaders host weekly webinars and the big conference in the summer.
Another online resource I subscribe to, MindShift provides information and new articles on current events in education. I often use these as inspiration for my weekly technology newsletters or simply share out a meaningful article to my staff.
Muskegon Area ISD
Muskegon Area ISD (MAISD) is my county level of support for training and professional development. I often attend technology and REMC 4 meetings to support my work in my building. Sessions and workshps are hosted year round on a variety of subjects and topics. I also have access to tools, instruments, and resources that I can check out for use in my lessons.